Classic Pumpkin Scones

You can find the most delicious recipe for classic pumpkin scones right here! Super flaky and perfectly spiced, these scones are your new favorite fall treat.

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I always feel a jolt of excitement and satisfaction when I crack open that first can of pumpkin each Fall season. And pumpkin scones are definitely what we should all make first!

For pumpkin breakfast, we’ve done pumpkin crumb cake, pumpkin cheesecake muffins, pumpkin cinnamon rollspumpkin crumb muffins, pumpkin coffee creamer, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pancakes, and a “skinny” frozen pumpkin coffee treat! There’s always room for more pumpkin at the breakfast table and pumpkin scones have been on my baking bucket list for years. Truth is, I’ve been nervous to attempt them because pumpkin scones from the bakery are just so good. I was also wary that I wouldn’t get the texture right, but after a couple tries, I produced what I believe to be the best pumpkin scones on the planet. Of course that’s just my opinion, but my taste testers loved them.

And I have a feeling you’ll be quick to agree!

Delicious and flaky pumpkin scones with maple icing! The best pumpkin spice fall breakfast! Easy scone recipe on

These Pumpkin Scones are:

  • quick and simple if you follow the recipe closely
  • not overly sweet
  • tender and flaky in the center
  • crumbly on the corners
  • crispy on top
  • buttery
  • perfectly pumpkin-spiced
  • topped with maple icing
  • autumn in a triangle ♥

We’re basically making my favorite scones recipe, but pumpkin flavored. 🙂

Delicious and flaky pumpkin scones with maple icing! The best pumpkin spice fall breakfast! Easy scone recipe on

Success Tips for Pumpkin Scones

I’ve shared these scone tips before, but it’s important to read over them before you begin. There are many little quirks to these pumpkin scones that make them the best!

  1. Heavy cream makes a delicious pumpkin scone. Buttermilk does too! Avoid substituting another dairy or even nondairy milk. You’ll lose a lot of flavor and texture.
  2. Use frozen butter. Like pie crust, it’s best to use cold butter in scone dough. You’ll work the cold butter into the dry ingredients so that it coats the flour and creates crumbs. When the little butter/flour crumbs melt as the scones bake, they release steam and create little pockets of air. These pockets create a flaky and airy center, while keeping the edges crumbly and crisp. Refrigerated butter might melt in the dough as you work with it, but frozen butter will hold out until the oven. It guarantees scone success.
  3. Grate the butter. Weird, right? The finer the pieces of cold butter, the easier they are to evenly mix into the dry ingredients. You can, of course, just cut the frozen butter with a sharp knife, but I like to begin with teeny butter shreds instead. See photo in my master scones recipe.
  4. Blot the pumpkin. Trust me on this. See this post!
  5. Don’t over mix the pumpkin scone dough. After you mix the cold butter into the dry ingredients, it’s time to add your wet ingredients. Mix everything together with ease. Like pie crust, overworking the dough will build up the gluten in the flour. This results in a tough and not-so-pleasant texture.
  6. And I swear by this: before baking, brush the scones with heavy cream or buttermilk, whichever you used in the dough. This layer of liquid sets on top of the scones and drizzles down the sides when they’re in the hot oven, creating an even crispier scone exterior.

pumpkin scone dough

pumpkin scone dough

Pumpkin Scones Dough

Cut frozen grated butter into the dry ingredients with a pastry cutter.

Pumpkin scone dough will be crumbly. Those white specks are frozen butter, not white chocolate chips. Frozen butter is where all the texture comes from. See tip #2 above. But that’s not to say white chocolate chips can’t make an appearance today. 1 cup of white or regular chocolate chips, nuts, or even cinnamon chips fit right in here!

Work the scone dough with your hands, then shape into a disc and cut into triangles. Before baking, brush with a little heavy cream or buttermilk, then sprinkle with coarse sugar for an extra crunch– always my go-to when I prepare homemade scones!

pumpkin scones

Add Icing!

A drizzle or drench of maple glaze adds a satisfying finale to our pumpkin scones. Instead of maple, try brown butter icing or classic vanilla icing. It’s best to pour the glaze all over the pumpkin scones while they’re warm so it melts down into every flake, every crack, and every crevice. This means that each bite has a crumbly edge, a flaky center, pumpkin spice galore, and melty maple icing.

Yes this IS what heaven tastes like.

Delicious and flaky pumpkin scones with maple icing! The best pumpkin spice fall breakfast! Easy scone recipe on

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Classic Pumpkin Scones

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 scones
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Deliciously spiced classic pumpkin scones are flaky and soft with perfectly crumbly edges. Top with coarse sugar for extra crunch and maple icing for extra decadence!


  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 2 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice*
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, frozen
  • 1/3 cup + 2 Tablespoons (105ml) heavy cream, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup (115g) canned pumpkin puree, blotted*
  • 1/2 cup (100g) light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • optional: coarse sugar for sprinkling on top before baking

Maple Glaze

  • 2 Tablespoons (30g) unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup (112g) sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • pinch salt, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C). Adjust baking rack to the middle-low position. Line 1 or 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mat(s). If making mini scones, I use 2 baking sheets. Set aside.
  2. Make the scones: Whisk the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and salt together in a large bowl. Grate the frozen butter (I use a box grater). Add the grated butter to the flour mixture and combine it with a pastry cutter, a fork, or your fingers until the mixture comes together in pea-sized crumbs. Set aside.
  3. Whisk 1/3 cup (75ml) heavy cream, the egg, blotted pumpkin (see note), brown sugar, and vanilla extract together in a small bowl. Drizzle it over the flour mixture and then mix it all together until everything appears moistened.
  4. With floured hands, work the dough into a ball as best you can and transfer onto a floured work surface. Press into a neat 8-inch disc and, with a very sharp knife, cut into 8 equal wedges. To make smaller scones, press dough into two 5-inch discs and cut each into 8 equal wedges. (Larger scones are pictured in this blog post.)
  5. Place scones at least 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet(s). Using a pastry brush, brush scones with remaining heavy cream and sprinkle with coarse sugar, if desired. (Gives a nice crunch!)
  6. Bake the larger scones for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. If you made 16 smaller scones, bake for 18-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes as you prepare the icing.
  7. Make the glaze: In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the butter and maple syrup together, whisking occasionally. Once the butter has melted, remove from heat and whisk in the sifted confectioners’ sugar. Taste and add a pinch of salt if desired. Drizzle over warm scones.
  8. Scones are best enjoyed right away, though leftover scones keep well at room temperature or in the refrigerator for 2 extra days.


  1. Make Ahead Instructions: Plain baked scones freeze well for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator then heat up to your liking before icing and enjoying.
  2. Special Tools: Glass Mixing Bowls | White Mixing Bowls | Measuring CupsPastry Cutter | Baking Sheet | Saucepan | Whisk | Cooling Rack | White Plate | Sprinkling Sugar
  3. Pumpkin Pie Spice: Instead of prepared pumpkin pie spice, you can use 1/2 teaspoon each: ground allspice and ground ginger AND 1/4 teaspoon each: ground nutmeg and ground cloves.
  4. Blotting Pumpkin: Using a paper towel or clean kitchen towel, lightly blot the pumpkin puree to remove some of the moisture before using in the recipe. The more moisture removed, the less moist and muffin-like the scones will taste. We want the scones to be flaky and crumbly, not super moist or muffin-like. I prefer to squeeze lots of moisture out so the scones taste textured and delicious. Do what you prefer!


    1. I wish I could help, but I have no experience baking at high altitude. I know some readers have found this chart helpful:

  1. I made this this morning (exactly as directed) and they were delicious. I have been making different types of scones for years. Not one recipe called for egg. I loved them and would make again, but they are not a usual scone. I did read all the reviews and wanted to try and make them less cakey and more scone like. I really dried out the pumpkin. Spread it out between towel paper, flipped, put clean one on top, repeating this step until almost all the moisture was blotted. Based on the amount of excess pumpkin moisture I got removed, there was no need for any extra flour and the mixture was perfect. I very gingerly patted into 8 inch disk and cut. Baked for 20 minutes in middle of oven, bottoms were lightly browned and perfect.
    The glaze was fabulous – Do not skip. I think it sends the scones over the top. I made the full recipe and thought it thickened and set quicker then expected. work quickly once mixed. While I didn’t use the entire amount, I did use most. I would think that those saying they used so little had a much thinner glaze.
    Many years ago when I was a novice baker, a scone recipe directed 425* on lower rack. Needless to say I learned the hard way not to do that again. As I saw others commented on burned bottoms, I didn’t see the need to bake lower in the oven.
    To make this morning easy I measured and mixed the dry ingredients last night. I measured the liquid ingredients and had the blotted pumpkin wrapped in plastic wrap. All I had to do this morning was 1)grate the butter into the dry ingredients 2) whisk all the wet together 3) Gently incorporated wet into dry 4) shape/ cut / cook
    It came together very quickly. Baking powder would not work the same if you completely made them at night and baked in the morning.

  2. I’m making these right now! Just popped them into the oven; going to make the glaze now! I love your recipes! Can’t wait until their done!

  3. Fantastic!
    They taste delicious.
    Made the whole house smell fantastic.
    Great project to do with kids.
    I agree with only using less of the glaze (which others commented on). I used all the glaze, per the directions. It’s great, but really took the sweetness up many notches and a drizzle would have done nicely. I’ll 1/2 the glaze part of the recipe when we make it the next time…and there most definitely will be a next time!

  4. I followed the recipe exactly (something I don’t usually do, but since this was the first time I was making pumpkin scones, I decided not to tinker with it!). If you like soft, cakey scones, this is a good recipe. I, however, like my scones much more biscuity. I knew that adding an egg and moist pumpkin (which I did blot, by the way, but perhaps should have squeezed) would make them cakier, so I wasn’t surprised. I would use salted butter next time and more spice, as the scones tasted a bit flat. I agree that just a drizzle of the glaze is enough, otherwise all you taste is the sweetness and not the pumpkin and spice. These taste better after they have cooled and sat awhile, and unlike biscuity scones, they’re ok to eat the next day.

  5. Hi! I’m just about to put these together and want to use buttermilk. Did you add any baking soda or replace some of the baking powder with baking soda?

  6. I made these with regular flour a few wks ago, but used Bob’s Red Mill gluten free flour today for a Celiac daughter in law. I was really pleased with the results! The texture today was *slightly* different than with regular flour, but probably not enough that anyone else would notice. I love being able to make homemade GF treats for her. Thanks Sally!

  7. Just made these. I cut the glaze recipe in half and it was perfect. These scones really did it for my husband and I. I also used winter squash in place of the pumpkin, which was perfect because it’s quite dry to begin with. I put the wet ingredients into a small bowl with the cooked squash chunks and then used the immersion blender on the whole mixture. It was perfectly smooth. I will probably skip the frozen butter grating next time because it seemed to waste a lot of the butter, which got stuck in the box grater. I think cutting in refrigerator cold butter with the pastry blender would do the job, but that’s my opinion. Thanks for a truly delicious and classy recipe Sally! All your recipes are fabulous

  8. These were great, and I appreciate that they were a bit lighter than a traditional cream scone. The texture was good (though I was very careful to blot my pumpkin extensively) and it had a lovely pumpkin spice flavor. Would definitely make these again.

  9. So i totally freaked when I realized I had put these in the oven but forgotten to add the egg. Lucky for me I guess that they really didn’t need it – delish and that glaze is heavenly!

  10. Fantastic recipe! I never have buttermilk on hand but I used whole milk in the recipe instead and it still turned out fabulously. Thanks for this, Sally!

  11. I wonder if putting the pumpkin in a paper coffee filter inside of a sieve and letting it sit over a bowl in the refrigerator would work to remove enough moisture. What do you think?

  12. Can I make the dough the night before and leave in the fridge until I bake the next day? Will it change taste or texture? Thanks!

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